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Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch the early sun yet shade the vines from afternoon heat. A natural endowment of rich Jurassic soils which impart wonderful mineral characters and textures into the finished wines. Limited yields of immaculate fruit, artisanal winemaking by leading vignerons of the apple isle, a no expense spared approach in the elevage and quality of oak, the wines of Clarence House are a treat for enthusiasts on a quest to procure the elusive vintages of an original Van Diemen's Chateau... Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»

Tormaresca Masseria Maime IGT Salento CONFIRM VINTAGE

Negroamaro Puglia Italy
Cantina Tormaresca age their wines under an aristocratic chapel named Saint Pasquale within the estate of Masseria Maime, built in the seventeenth century to service the temporal needs of itinerant farm hands. The gracefully old Negroamaro vines at Masseria Maime were fortuitously planted at the very heart of Apulian viticulture, they yield a tremendous wine that's made for gastronomy. Infused by the aromaticness of lush pine woodlands and surrounding olive groves, a seriously seductive, silken textured wine to match with pork recipes and rustic styled, full flavoured fare.
A compilation of harvests Negroamaro, picked off an inventory of Masseria Maime estate vineyards at San Pietro Vernotico in the province of Brindisi. Harvest is timed to a schedule determined by peak ripeness to create a wine of elegance, richness and structure. Grapes are pressed into fermentation vats for a fortnight or more of warmer temperature vinification on skins, aimed at extracting maximum fruit character and optimal tannins. Upon completion, batches are run off skins into a selection of French and Hungarian oak barrels for a course of malolactic and a year's maturation. Components are assembled into the final wine and treated to a further eighteen months bottle age before release.
Intense ruby red. Fresh and fruity nose of cherries and violet, and sweet spices, liquorice and anisette, cinnamo and cloves. An elegantly drying palate of black cherry, mulberries and spice, exquisitely balanced between sweetness of fruit and savouryness of style, all held in place by genteel background oak and smooth supporting tannins.
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